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Applications for seats on a board guiding Salt Lake County's revision of the ordinance governing use of its canyons and foothills will be accepted through April 30.

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is creating a 15-member blue-ribbon commission to lead a yearlong rewrite of the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ).

Adopted in 1997, the ordinance needs updating to reflect increased population growth and pressures on the watershed, he said, along with improved construction technology.

The commission is designed to be broad-based and to include positions for a variety of interest groups, such as county and Salt Lake City officials, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, the ski industry, conservation groups and property owners in the canyons. Members will be selected by Corroon, subject to County Council consent.

Meetings will be held regularly from May through July to provide direction to technical teams — composed of professional planners and land/water use experts from along the Wasatch Front — that will write a draft ordinance to be presented to the County Council.

"The commission's role in determining how we develop and maintain the areas in and around our Wasatch Mountains," Corroon said in a news release, "is crucial to understanding and utilizing community views on the future of our canyons."

Applications are available online at Finished forms should be emailed by 5 p.m. April 30 to county Public Works Director Patrick Leary at

Mailing information also is available on the application, said county spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt.

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What is FCOZ?

Salt Lake County's Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone ordinance, adopted in 1997, regulates building and development in the canyons and foothills.

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